Hello Cyber Yogi's!
Thank you so much for joining in today for the test run and having patience for the technicals. Keala has offered to be my cyber tech support whenever he is available to join in and will be working on the mic situation, then killing the music for now. Your comments make a difference and I am super grateful!
Here below a recap summary of what was covered in the session today.
BREATHWORK - PRANAYAMA
Prana = life force ; Ayama = extension. The bridge between our external world and internal world. The benefits include: witnessing our thoughts, feeling our emotions, calming the scripts that are running in our minds.
*Beyond the mat: Whenever we are triggered with a strong emotion it takes 90 seconds for the emotion to leave our body chemically. Thereafter, we are responsible for choosing to keep playing the scenario repeatedly in our minds. Take a breath the next time you feel triggered and use it as your tool. Choose to respond rather than react.
EYES CLOSED OR EYE GAZE SOFT
Lowers external stimulation, guides one into a quiet stillness and facilitates focus and inner clarity.
*Beyond the mat: We are stimulated by our external sight which keep our minds active. Our eyesight is a learning portal and we are receiving more than 80% information downloads through our the scope of our lens. Practicing with a soft gaze or closing the eyes, turns the vision inward, and we soften the information bias of what is coming in and begin the process of developing our own intuition. This work enables us to tap into a larger field of intelligence-our wisdom. It is that innate wisdom that helps us to break through illusions and recolor our perspective to a reality that supports our best self. We then can make better choices in or daily living.
--> ASANA - PHYSICAL PRACTICE
Hip openers such as Warrior II and child's pose release stuck emotions lodged in the body such as fears. It is easy to have fear of our own expectations, in order to fit into the roles that we hold in society, or to fear what the future holds for us.
Heart openers are backbends that allow the front body to open and release any type of congestion physically in the chest or if we are having difficulty expressing ourselves to others.
Lowering the head below the heart assists the blood flow to the heart therefore, relaxing the brain activity when we are feeling scattered.
--> GUIDED MEDITATION - YOGA NIDRA
Moving beyond the physical body and surfing through the various states of consciousness to cleanse the internal space and arrive feeling at ease and peace.
Body scan - This gives the thinking mind a task to pull the energies into the body, and the present moment.
Rapid visuals - The planted images excavate stuck memories, whether good or bad to cleanse the system to make room for new experiences. Helpful in releasing trauma.
Visualization - Encourages one to keep diving inward to recognize that our well being is more than just the physical body.
-->SANKALPA - HEARTS DESIRE / RESOLVE TO DO SOMETHING
This is the intention we set to support our highest self. It can start off as materialistic or superficial, which is perfectly ok. That is the first step to discovering what we are really longing for from the truth of our heart. With genuine practice and commitment to seeking our authentic truth of why we are really here, this intention / vow, will arrive when we are ready to live it. It is the larger arc of our lives, our dharma. We planted our seeds today's practice into the universe with the clear bubble and feeling ourselves in that space.
-->SAVASANA- THE CORPSE POSE
Settling into the totality of all the layers of our being. Arriving into a deeper understanding that all is well and surrendering into our essence and nesting in our inner divine self. No gripping or clenching on what things should be, just allowing ourselves to arrive and coasting into the timeless and expansive stillness. Feeling whole and complete then finally feeling 'one-ness' with everything around us.